I'm in Minneapolis. I recently re-upped my ham license (extra) partially because of an interest in ARES. I've been a mission pilot with CAP and an Air Ops Branch Director with training through ICS-300. I also volunteer and deploy with Red Cross disaster assistance. I was in Florida for Hurricane Michael last year at this time and saw how infrastructure can be totally wiped off the landscape. I've also heard stories of the same thing in Puerto Rico. Back in MN I find something over 500 ARES hams claimed and talk of training at marathons, etc. What I don't see is any real need for hams in MN emergency communication. First, the sort of disasters that happen here are things like tornadoes, spring floods and the occasional flash flood. No hurricanes, no huge fires, etc. IOW, nothing that really threatens to wipe the existing cell infrastructure or the existing statewide ARMER trunked radio system off the map. So other than possibly deploying to a disaster somewhere else in the country, I don't see the need for 500 or the need for me to add one more to the tally.